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15 November 2000 (France) See more »
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Love has a language all its own
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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent

Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate
Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos

Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt ... Henri
Philippe Demarle ... Paul
Marc Duret ... The Policeman

Arsinée Khanjian ... Francine
Florence Loiret Caille ... Amadou's Friend (as Florence Loiret)
Nathalie Richard ... Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy ... Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul ... Child
Melissande Zeddam ... Child
Brandon Croteau ... Child
Sonia Chauvelin ... Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle ... Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse ... Child
Alexandra Croteau ... Child
Jerome Ferreira ... Child
Melanie Lhote ... Child
José Marques ... Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo ... Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Shop Owner
Laurent Suire ... Policeman

Féodor Atkine ... Man in Taxi (voice)

Malick Bowens ... Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris ... Nicu
Monica Popa ... Nuta
Ada Navrot ... Florica
Giba Gonçalves ... Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret ... David

Tsuyu Shimizu ... David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Antoine Mathieu ... Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu ... Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite ... Demba
Marany Fofana ... Youssouf's Sister

Aïssa Maïga ... Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Costel Cascaval ... Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Group Leader
Daniel Dublet ... Uncle
Boris Napes ... Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra ... Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis ... Tatiana
Ion Haiduc ... Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers ... Pierrot
Pascal Loison ... Jolly Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Cullen ... Character portrayal
Irina Lubtchansky ... Camera Assistant

Michael Haneke ... Voice of Unseen Director of Anne's Film (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christoph Holch .... co-producer: ZDF
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Titi Popescu .... co-producer: Filmex
Alain Sarde .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
 
Original Music by
Giba Gonçalves 
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Karin Hartusch 
Nadine Muse 
Andreas Prochaska 
 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Set Decoration by
Laurence Vendroux 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Gloria Papura 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Luzet .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Ion Toma .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Diona Dragnea .... production manager: Romania (as Doina Dragnea)
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Manuel Recolin .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melia Cerchez Anghel .... assistant director: Romania
Denis Imbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dorel Torcatoru .... assistant director: Romania
Gaëlle Tronquit .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Bucur .... assistant decorator: Romania
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Corinne Martin .... painter
Calin Papura .... set decorator: Romania
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Olivier Prost .... assistant decorator
Jean-Luc Schwarz .... key painter
Vlad Teodor .... assistant decorator: Romania
Annie Tourriol .... assistant decorator
Ion Vasilescu .... assistant decorator: Romania
Laurence Vendroux .... construction manager
Wouter Zoon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects editor
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip (as Andre Attelian)
Sandel Bacalu .... gaffer: Romania
Frédéric Batier .... second assistant camera
Benoît Bayle .... grip
Marion Befve .... second assistant camera
Guy Bordet .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Cazzitti .... gaffer
Marian Ene .... grip: Romania
Nicolae Geoana .... electrician: Romania
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
George Nicolae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... electrician: Romania (as Florin Nicolae)
Gérard Rival .... grip
Marian Sandor .... second assistant camera: Romania
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
 
Casting Department
Carmen Brezeanu .... extras casting: Romania
Melia Cerchez .... casting: Romania
Claire-Marie Cuvilly-Givert .... extras casting
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Valérie Flan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume assistant: Romania
Germaine Ribel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
 
Other crew
Razvan Constantinescu .... general administrator: Romania
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Mariana Costea .... production assistant: Romania
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Greg Engler .... location consultant: pre-production
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Chloé Perlemuter .... script supervisor
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" - France (original title)
"Code Unknown" - Canada (English title)
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Runtime:
France:118 min | Netherlands:117 min
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Trivia:
Michael Haneke began the project when Juliette Binoche wrote to him expressing an interest in working with him.See more »
Quotes:
Anne Laurent:Look over by the wall. That's the black kid who harassed Jean. Don't let him see...
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37 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Is Michael Haneke God?, 12 October 2001
Author: garveytv

Well, I suppose not - but he IS the most exciting and interesting new filmmaker around. I would say "young filmmaker" - only he's not young; judging from his bio he's around 60. And he's not really "new", either - he's already made five films. But his films FEEL shockingly "new" - the MATERIAL is new; and it's some measure of how glacial the pace of real aesthetic change is in this supposedly-globalized world that he is only now becoming known in the U.S.

Those of you who have seen his best-known work, "Funny Games", would probably agree with me that it is the most horrifying movie ever made. "Games" coolly subverts the conventions of the horror movie to unremittingly punish the audience for its desire for violence. The effect is unbelievably harrowing.

Now we have "Code Unknown", which is not nearly as cruel an experience as "Funny Games", but which has the same strict intellectual armature. With as radical a technique as Godard's, Haneke takes a short scuffle in the streets of Paris as the point of departure for a meditation on true knowledge in a world of chance and mischance.

Haneke breaks the film up into short, disconnected fragments, with black spaces between them. In several no words are spoken, while others turn out to be "inside" films that the "lead" character, an actress played by Juliette Binoche, is making. Many are long, single shots - sometimes gliding along to follow the characters, but sometimes rooted in one spot as the characters drift to and fro. And the "stories", such as they are, wander too, from Paris to what looks like the Balkans, as Haneke follows Binoche, her war photographer boyfriend, his brother and father, a street beggar who is deported from Paris, a young black teacher of the deaf, and a host of other ancillary characters. What they don't understand - but we do - is that the course of their lives has been largely determined by encounters with people they'll never even know.

These people may think they're drowning in "too much information" - but actually, they don't have ENOUGH information; Haneke's recurring theme is our attempt to interpret a largely-unknown reality - and the problem of our responsibility to act on that interpretation. And despite a handful of longeurs, the effect is mostly completely absorbing. Those who were fascinated by the backwards-moving "Memento" will have a field day with "Code Unknown", where we have to tease out relationships, back story, and whether or not the narrative we're watching is "really" happening at all, with a lot fewer clues than Guy Pierce ever got.

And THEN - and this is what's interesting - somehow Haneke demands that we "make up our minds" about what we've seen; we feel compelled to judge, and yet we cannot - is the kid we see mistreating a beggar really a bad kid? Is the actress really being sealed up to die in a windowless room? Was the note from "a defenseless child" really written by an abused little girl (she turns up dead, so with a shock we appreciate what's at stake in our pause to consider the issue)? "Code Unknown" offers no answers - but then neither does life. The film ends with a scarily-happy drum-pounding by a chorus of deaf children.

I suppose what's startling about Haneke is that he has such an assured technique and yet eschews almost all directoral razzle-dazzle. He's not a Darren Aronofsky, ringing a dozen eye-popping changes on an essentially-empty story. And his intense horrors are justified by the depth and purity of his concerns - unlike those of, say, Tarentino or (God help us!) Guy Ritchie. Haneke's smarts are story and conceptual smarts, not adolescent film smarts; he's wildly daring, but he's icily mature. I'd almost say he's the heir to Kubrick's mantle, but these days that might be tarring him with an unwanted brush (as I watched "Code Unknown" I suddenly realized I was glad Pauline Kael was dead - she'd feel driven to sabotage this much intellectual challenge!).

I had to see "Code Unknown" at the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston - however, there was a substantial crowd there; word is slowly getting out about Haneke. "Funny Games" is available on video (but be warned!); as far as I know, his latest, "The Pianist" (with Isabelle Huppert - Haneke's career is obviously being helped by interest from European-mainstream actresses) has yet to achieve a U.S. release. Here's hoping we'll see it in the States sometime soon.

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